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Learn C on the Mac: For OS X and iOS, Second Edition by James Bucanek, David Mark Scott Brown

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Chapter    1

Go Get the Tools!

If you want to build a house, you need a solid set of well-crafted tools. Building computer programs is no different. Programming requires a specialized set of development tools—basically, programs that make programs.

In the early days of C, you only needed a few, relatively simple tools. As computers have become more sophisticated, so has the universe of development tools. Today, it’s not uncommon to employ dozens of programs to create even a “simple” application: editors, compilers, linkers, debuggers, emulators, profilers, analyzers, and more. Add to that list programs that help you find documentation, cross reference your code, record your development history, and, well, it’s starting to look like a whole ...

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